FSW Garners Seven AFC Regional and State Awards

Nov 10, 2014

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 – FORT MYERS, FLA. –During the 65th annual convention of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) held in Destin, Fla. on Oct. 26-28, Florida SouthWestern State College and its employees garnered seven regional and state awards among all 28 Florida state and community colleges in the Florida College System.

Studio FSW received an exemplary practice award from the AFC Communications and Marketing Commission for the rebranding of Florida SouthWestern State College. Teresa Morgenstern, director, Communications and PIO, Studio FSW, presented “The ABCs of ESC to FSW,” which told the story of the FSW rebranding campaign.

Stacey Brown, director, Human Services, FSW, received an exemplary practice award from the AFC Learning Resources Commission. Her presentation “Mental Health Education for Administration, Faculty and Staff: Why It’s Critical” summarized general mental health information and statistical data regarding the frequency of mental illness among the general population as well as on the college campus, the stigma of mental illness, how mental illness effects college students, and what colleges can do to help.

Additionally, Sue Buntic, assistant director, Student Engagement, and Adriane Fike, student life specialist, FSW Office of Student Life, were selected as finalists in the Student Development Commission’s exemplary practice presentations for the FSW College-Wide Student Government Association program.

Crystal Maldonado, coordinator, Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, FSW, received a Region IV Unsung Hero Award for her work in building membership for the FSW AFC chapter.

Jennifer Young, public relations and marketing associate, Studio FSW, also received a Region IV Unsung Hero Award for filling multiple roles within the chapter executive board.

FSW’s AFC chapter received the 2014 Membership Award for “Greatest Percent Increase of Members Over Previous Year” across all 28 Florida state and community college AFC chapters. The chapter also received a membership award for reaching the five percent membership increase goal set by the state AFC office.

About AFC: The Association of Florida Colleges, Inc. is the professional association of Florida's 28 public member institutions of the Florida College System, their boards, employees, retirees and associates, and the employees of the Division of Florida Colleges. The mission of the Association is to actively promote, represent, and support members and institutions as they provide their students and the citizens of Florida with a world-class college system.

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Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving more than 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW will debut its intercollegiate athletics program in the fall 2015. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.